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Woodward Talk

Published August 26, 2015

Did you know that we have, on average, 70,000 thoughts each day?

Or that your brain is an oxygen hog, taking 20 percent of each breath you take?

Participants in the Senior Living and Learning Expo, titled Brainstorm: A Workout for the Mind, learned these facts and several tricks to shake up their brains. The event was sponsored by the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and was held at the Troy Community Center Aug. 19.

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Published August 25, 2015

A shoplifting call ended in a wild pursuit and officer injures at Oakland Mall last week.

Police responded to a store at Oakland Mall just after 8 p.m. Aug. 19 after a 36-year-old Cleveland, Ohio, man reportedly attempted to shop lift there.

Police believe Reginald Murphy stole items at the Victoria’s Secret store at Somerset Collection earlier that day, as well as previously in Chicago and from other malls in the region.

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Published August 19, 2015

Troy architect Thomas Strat had to switch his focus from schools and municipal work when he sold his firm 16 years ago because of a noncompete clause.

But he still helped to guide many such projects as the longest-serving member of the Troy Planning Commission.

He served on the all-volunteer commission for 12 years.

Strat is moving out of Troy and resigned from his position on the Planning Commission last month. His architectural firm will remain based in Troy.

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Published August 18, 2015

Despite strong objections from residents, the Troy Planning Commission recommended that a street barricade be removed, which would open the partially paved street to through traffic.

At its Aug. 11 meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended that a barricade on Tucker, west of John R and south of Long Lake, be removed. The commission also asked the city to consider removing all barricades on city streets.

A portion of Tucker from John R to the barrier is gravel.

Planning Commissioner Ollie Apahidean, a Tucker resident, recused himself from the vote.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.

With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.

If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

More than 100 juried artists working in a wide array of mediums will show their creations at the 41st annual Northfield Hills Art-on-the-Lake.

Kathleen Deburghgraeve, who coordinates the show with Connie Kohn, said that the show started out with artists who lived in the Northfield Hills Condominium Association and evolved to attract artists from across the country.

“We love doing it,” Deburghgraeve said.

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Published August 12, 2015

Want to dine at a restaurant you haven’t tried before and drop a few less dimes doing it?

Get the dish on 19 Troy restaurants during Troy Restaurant Week, being held Aug. 16-21.

The fixed prices for selected menu options feature three courses in most cases and range from $15 to $45. Reservations are accepted at most restaurants. Check menus and make reservations online at

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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Published August 5, 2015

Contractors brazing pipes in the basement of a two-story home on Congress, near Rochester and Square Lake roads, started a fire in the chimney and walls just before 11 a.m. Aug. 5.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said the contractors were installing an air conditioning unit and unintentionally started the blaze.
According to reports, all residents of the home were accounted for, and there were no injuries.

Roberts said that the fire entered the wall and chimney space, then spread upwards toward the attic.

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Published August 5, 2015

The Troy City Council has supported plans to pursue grant funding in order to start the first part of a path connecting a planned dog park near Troy City Hall to the Clinton River Trail in Auburn Hills.

In a random public opinion survey conducted by the Oakland University Public Affairs Research Laboratory last winter, 78 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed said they feel making Troy more pedestrian friendly is very important or important.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot out there.

Got a bottle of water with you? Good. But many don’t think to snag some aqua as they rush out the door each day during the summer, and experts say that could lead to some serious consequences.

Dr. Supak Sookkasikon, with Emcura Urgent Care in Bloomfield Township, said that this time of year, she sees at least one patient each day with symptoms of dehydration.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While people have been told for years that they can help conserve water by turning off running sinks and taking shorter showers, new technology is combining with old techniques to provide residents with additional measures they can take around the home.

Water shortages and restrictions are not the issue here that they are in the American Southwest, but some of the things developed there can be — and have been — exported to other parts of the country.

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Published August 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Smile … there’s a new dental program in town.

This fall, Baker College officials will open the doors of the Clinton Township campus’s new Center for Dental Hygiene Education, which will house the new Associate of Science in dental hygiene program.

School officials renovated more than 32,600 square feet of the former “C” building to create the new hygiene education center, which features a state-of-the-art dental clinic, classrooms, a practice laboratory and 20 patient care operatories.

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Published July 30, 2015

DEARBORN — This summer, many families will hit the road en route to a vacation destination. The kids will most likely be glued to their tablets or smartphones, but for earlier generations, the sites and signs along the way provided their own colorful entertainment.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While the invasive gypsy moth has not been a major problem in the metro Detroit area for years, the Macomb County Michigan State University Extension office is asking residents to keep an eye out for signs of the insect’s resurgence.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species from Europe that, in years past, has torn through tree populations in North America, defoliating trees and, in high enough numbers, causing their deaths. Previous outbreaks were handled using pesticides, and every fall, MSU does inspections to see how many egg masses it can find.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Prostitution is real in metro Detroit. There are men and women who work the streets out of desperation and become trapped by it. But one group is trying to earn their trust and help them find another way.

All Worthy of Love (AWOL) was founded in Detroit in 2012. The group became a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2013. The same year, a second chapter opened in Austin, Texas.

The group has no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer, including the founder, Lindsey Fischer. AWOL averages 40-50 volunteers, with 20-30 volunteers at the Detroit chapter.

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